Hailing from the literary hotbed of Oxford, Mississippi, Young Buffalo are a five-piece band who make bittersweet indie rock with a sharp pop sensibility. On the track Sykia – available to listen to and share here – Young Buffalo combine the playfulness of Vampire Weekend with Fleet Foxes-style harmonies. The song is taken from their debut album, produced by Dave Schiffman (Haim, Weezer), which will be released early next year on Votiv/Caroline International. The record announces Young Buffalo a band that’s as unique as the town where they were conceived.
Though Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett didn’t begin playing under the Young Buffalo moniker until 2009, they started writing music together as teenagers and haven’t ceased evolving. Now joined by drummer Tim Burkhead, bassist Andrew Guinn and keyboardist Will Eubanks, Young Buffalo’s sound has been shaped by their fantastically diverse home city with its thriving arts scene. Home of the infamous University of Mississippi (known as Ole Miss), great American authors including William Faulkner, Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Tom Franklin, and Jack Pendarvis lived or still live in Oxford.
“Oxford tends to bring in more music and also a lot of cool, different-minded folks that probably wouldn’t find themselves in the northern hills of Mississippi if not for a job or an education at Ole Miss,” says Barratt.
Maybe it’s because of this isolated artistic environment that there’s a timeless nature to Young Buffalo’s music that sees it referencing the past while still remaining irrevocably relevant today. They are no doubt on their way to establishing themselves as one of indie rock’s brightest hopes.